It’s the most votes the Wildcats have received so far this season, and it puts them roughly at 30th in the nation. The Wildcats also moved up a couple of spots in the Big Ten, now sitting fourth behind Wisconsin (No. 17), Purdue (No. 21) and Maryland (No. 25). Minnesota dropped out of the rankings and didn’t receive any votes. Here is the entire poll:
The Wildcats earned their seven points with two No. 23 rankings and one No. 25 ranking.
In the Coaches Poll, Northwestern received 20 votes and is the first team out of the Top 25.
On the women’s side of things, Northwestern (14-4, 3-2 Big Ten) got two points with one No. 24 ranking. The team had an emotional week following the death of sophomore guard Jordan Hankins and picked up an 80-67 win over Indiana in front of a packed Welsh-Ryan Arena crowd after honoring Hankins with a pregame moment of silence.